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White House press corps feels bypassed by Obama in favor of TV shows, YouTube
The Washington Post ^ | February 8, 2010 | Howard Kurtz

Posted on 02/08/2010 7:23:11 AM PST by Cheap_Hessian

Six months ago, network executives were complaining that the White House was costing them tens of millions of dollars by pressing them to carry presidential news conferences in prime time.

Problem solved: President Obama hasn't held a full-scale news conference since July. Instead, he answered a dozen people's questions last week on YouTube, most of them easily finessed and -- extra bonus! -- no annoying follow-ups of the kind posed by real, live journalists.

It would be hard -- impossible, actually -- to argue that Obama hasn't been accessible to the media, not with his constant television interviews. The man has even done color commentary at a Georgetown basketball game. But the decision to bypass the White House press corps is no accident.

"It's a source of great frustration here," says Chip Reid, CBS's White House correspondent. "It's important for us to hold the president's feet to the fire."

NBC White House reporter Chuck Todd calls the situation a "shame," saying the administration is trying to control the message rather than allowing Obama to be seen "unscripted."

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhopress; dnctalkingpoints; message; nbcnews; obama; obamunism; pravdamedia; presscorps; snub; theobamashow; whitehouse

1 posted on 02/08/2010 7:23:12 AM PST by Cheap_Hessian
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To: Cheap_Hessian

This is funny on SO many levels...


2 posted on 02/08/2010 7:24:15 AM PST by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

They only have themselves to blame...


3 posted on 02/08/2010 7:25:47 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Make that PRESS CORPSE!


4 posted on 02/08/2010 7:27:00 AM PST by shove_it (and have a nice day)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

You served your purpose by being Zero’s whore and cheerleader.
Better put some ice on that, Howie.


5 posted on 02/08/2010 7:27:38 AM PST by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Perhaps the WH press corpse, can arrange a re-broadcast agreement with Fox News Channel.

Or figure out how it is, that despite open hostility from the liberals currently occupying our White House...

Fox’s audience is growing. Rapidly. :)


6 posted on 02/08/2010 7:28:31 AM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (2012: Repeal it all... All of it!)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Press corps ask questions. Dictators don’t like answering questions. Simple as that.


7 posted on 02/08/2010 7:31:30 AM PST by RC2
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To: Cheap_Hessian

UNSCRIPTED?

Obama unscripted is too much of an embarrassment. Go read what his advisors have said about the Press Corpse. The Obama handlers managed the message all through the campaign. The Press Corpse is still brownnosing him as evidenced by the coverage of his meeting with the Republicans. Only clips favorable to Zero are ever shown. He doesn’t respect you, Press Corpse, he just uses you. Do you all feel like really cheap whores?


8 posted on 02/08/2010 7:32:07 AM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: Cheap_Hessian
Easy explanation for this.

When covering 0bama, the White House press corps uses their hands.

TV media uses their mouths.

9 posted on 02/08/2010 7:32:29 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Maybe they just aren’t bending over enough for the manchild.

Come on “Press Corp”se”, limbo a little lower now!

Bwhahahaha!


10 posted on 02/08/2010 7:34:49 AM PST by dforest (Who is the real Jim Thompson? I am.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Well the WH press corp has nobody to complain to but the networks themselves. They are the ones extending all these
invitations to Obama to appear on their shows. As far as the print guys, they can do what they have always done, make some more sh*t up! ;-)


11 posted on 02/08/2010 7:35:09 AM PST by 1776 Reborn
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To: Cheap_Hessian

” — no annoying follow-ups of the kind posed by real, live journalists. “

Pffft. There’s only 2 of them in the White House press corps. Easily avoided.


12 posted on 02/08/2010 7:37:00 AM PST by brownsfan (The average American: Uninformed, and unconcerned.)
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To: NativeNewYorker
This is funny on SO many levels...>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Obama doesn't trust the WH press "corpse" with his image creation and propaganda.

We need counter propaganda:


13 posted on 02/08/2010 7:37:10 AM PST by Candor7 (((The effective weapons against Oba- Fascism are ridicule, derision , truth (.Member NRA)))
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To: Cheap_Hessian

*** NBC White House reporter Chuck Todd calls the situation a “shame,” saying the administration is trying to control the message rather than allowing Obama to be seen “unscripted.” ***

Chuck Todd?! Chuck freakin’ Todd?! That would be the same Chuck Todd who does Robert Gibbs’ job better than Robert Gibbs? The same Chuck Todd who uses the pronoun “we” when talking about things the White House does?!

Please.


14 posted on 02/08/2010 7:41:08 AM PST by brownsfan (The average American: Uninformed, and unconcerned.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
"It's important for us to hold the president's feet to the fire."
15 posted on 02/08/2010 7:41:12 AM PST by Red Badger (Education makes people easy to lead, difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

They are being bypassed by their former readers too.


16 posted on 02/08/2010 7:41:40 AM PST by DManA
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Obama must not be letting the WH press corpse join in on his daily foot washings, either.

I love the sound of a lover scorned.


17 posted on 02/08/2010 7:44:48 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (The liberals are asking us to give Obama more time. Is 25 to life enough?)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Would this be the same White House Press Corpse that gleefully poked fun at Bush for ‘nukyular’ and says nothing about Obama’s ‘Navy Corpseman?’

Maybe White House Press Corpse is appropriate too.


18 posted on 02/08/2010 7:53:00 AM PST by DakotaRed (What happened to the country I fought for?)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
NBC White House reporter Chuck Todd calls the situation a "shame," saying the administration is trying to control the message rather than allowing Obama to be seen "unscripted."

The only thing the White House is trying to do is to make sure the idiot doesn't dig himself into a bigger hole without his teleprompter! Anyone who doesn't see the real reason he will not hold a presser with them is an idiot!

19 posted on 02/08/2010 7:53:28 AM PST by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: NativeNewYorker

.” The president, he says, finds news conferences to be an “important way of communicating,” but the next one will be during the day, carried only on cable, not in prime time.

President B+ is now afraid to get some tough questions about his 1st year in office. If he is this afraid of his MSM boot lickers, it is even more reason to hold his feet to the fire.


20 posted on 02/08/2010 7:55:26 AM PST by milwguy
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To: Cheap_Hessian

So Chip Reid thinks the press is supposed to hold the presidents feel to the fire huh? I’d say they have failed on every level!


21 posted on 02/08/2010 7:56:30 AM PST by Sunshine Sister
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Even useful tools have an expiration date.


22 posted on 02/08/2010 8:00:37 AM PST by Carley (Are you better off now than one year ago? HELL NO!!!!!)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

The White House press corps is RACIST!


23 posted on 02/08/2010 8:00:55 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian; Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; ...

The list, ping


24 posted on 02/08/2010 8:08:16 AM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: shove_it

My thought exactly!


25 posted on 02/08/2010 8:21:09 AM PST by clintonh8r (Nobody's 'bot!!)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

He answered a dozen people’s questions last week on YouTube,next he will appear in parking lots to get people to listen to his spam.


26 posted on 02/08/2010 8:29:09 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Obama has been showing his contempt for the press ever since Inauguration Day. And they’re just noticing? Not one press conference since last July, and they just noticed? Not once party or reception for the press since 0 entered the White House?

They deserve all the contempt they are getting. I think it’s some sort of sado-masochist thing. They like being beaten with whips, evidently.


27 posted on 02/08/2010 8:33:37 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: N. Theknow

OMG you nailed it!


28 posted on 02/08/2010 8:37:37 AM PST by Dogbert41
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To: Cheap_Hessian

The WH press ‘corpse’ needs to put their questions on the teleprompter.


29 posted on 02/08/2010 8:43:33 AM PST by Happyinmygarden (Yes, actually, I have pretty much seen and heard it all before...)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

“Let them eat cake!”


30 posted on 02/08/2010 8:59:03 AM PST by TYVets (Let's Roll!!! The leadership of the GOP has no spine and no guts, but we conservatives do)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

He only screws his whores. Not even a kiss.


31 posted on 02/08/2010 9:01:56 AM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Cheap_Hessian

When are these people going to understand they are sacrificies to Obama?


32 posted on 02/08/2010 9:38:25 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Cheap_Hessian
"It's a source of great frustration here," says Chip Reid, CBS's White House correspondent. "It's important for us to hold the president's feet to the fire."

Where were you for the last 2 years; you JERK!?

33 posted on 02/08/2010 10:07:39 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

Out of all the White House Press Corps, Chip Reid is probably the one reporter who really doesn’t fawn over Obama or this administration. He’s been tough on this White House from day one.


34 posted on 02/08/2010 4:48:27 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper ("Ked Tennedy would have been plowed... I mean, proud today..." - Senator Max Baucus (Drunk-MT))
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